Tanning, purple-making and laundering

The Bible mentions tanners, purple makers and launderers. These were jobs fulfilled by the common men and women of their time for the benefit of the multitude.

I recently watched a video that demonstrates how the aforementioned jobs were carried out. Mind you, the video shows how these jobs were carried out during the Victorian times of England so techniques from the first-century (and earlier) may vary a bit but the demonstrations are interesting none-the-less. I will warn you ahead of time, although there is no foul language used in the video, the processes used to accomplish these jobs can be foul in their own way.

The ease at which we are able to buy things in our culture causes most of us to take for granted the production processes performed by others, but we should not forget the benefit of having individuals in our culture who are honest, hard-working, and who are not “too good” to do jobs from which others enjoy receiving the benefit thereof.

So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.” (Jeremiah 18:3)

#video #work

Video: Do we really love God?

Our friend Ron Jackson spoke last Sunday in the Broadview congregation on love for God:

Ron is based in Florida and has been to Brazil numerous times and has spoken to congregations in our area. He is an employee of Embraer.

#video #love #sermons

If we want the shot to count…

I try to look for spiritual/scriptural connections when I watch TV, read news articles and walk around in this world. That’s why when I saw the video below, I immediately thought of, “…if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” (2 Timothy 2:5)

I’m not taking anything away from the shot – it’s amazing! But regardless of how amazing it is to our eyes, the shooter was out-of-bounds in the eyes of the rules…so the shot didn’t count.

We would do well to remember Paul’s spiritual admonition to Timothy; if we want our shots in life to count, we need to make sure we’re on the right side of the out-of-bounds line.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

(as a side-note, please keep in mind that TFR does not endorse any advertisements that may appear in connection to the video below)

#christian-living, #spiritual-analogies, #sports, #video

A link to a video you’ve probably heard about

This young lady shows great composure while describing the interaction she had with her 7th grade (atheistic) teacher that basically gave her, and her class, an ultimatum: Deny that God is real or fail the assignment

After clicking on the picture’s link (which takes you to the school’s site), click on “Item 8 – Open Forum” to watch the original footage in full length.

#atheism, #link, #news, #video

Video clip worth watching

You may have already seen this video as it begins to make its major rounds in the media and on the Internet, but in case you haven’t seen it, it’s one worth watching.

There are so many spiritual applications that could be made in connection to this “caught-on-camera-moment” that most people should be able to immediately think of a few points and scriptures. On top of that, a video like this can pull at the heart-strings of any parent worth his or her salt. And taking the reality of the moment for what’s it worth is something that shouldn’t be missed – that being how wonderful the little, and often taken for granted, blessings of life really are.


#blessings, #children, #video

A Loving God and an Eternal Hell–Video: (Part 6)

This video, along with the rest of the series, can be found by visiting this link.

#apologetics-press, #atheism, #hell, #judgment-of-god, #video

Roadmap to heaven

David Kenney put together this “Roadmap to Heaven.”


He also mentioned this video that explains the roadmap:

#plan-of-salvation, #video

Video: David Shannon speaks on Masculinity


#christian-men, #masculinity, #sermons, #video

Things that go bump in the church (video sermon by Steve Higginbotham)

#church, #sermons, #video

Video Sermon: The Power of God’s Truth

Here’s the lesson by a brother named Eddie Sanders that I mentioned a few weeks back. (Err, scratch that. I’m going to leave the link but that lesson outline was from Monday night; the video is from Tuesday night) It was recorded by some brothers doing some local studio work for GBN.

I’ll let brother Sanders’ lesson speak for itself.


#denominational-errors, #gospel-meeting, #preaching, #truth, #video

Nudge: Bully Pulpit or Something Else?

I don’t know if you have seen this video, but take a look and come back and leave a comment describing your thoughts with 50 words or less…if you can keep it to that.

I thought it might get some interesting dialogue going.

#nudge, #public, #rebuke, #video

James Watkins on the “The Foolishness of God vs. Man’s Wisdom”

So many people often reject the truth of the gospel because it doesn’t “make sense” to them. In this video from “Preaching the Gospel” brother Watkins addresses the difference between trusting God by faith and trusting God because of our logic. It’s a great basic lesson that can address so many spiritual issues that our divided religious world is facing today.


#faith, #foolishness, #god, #james-watkins, #logic, #preaching, #preaching-the-gospel, #religion, #theological-studies, #video, #wisdom

Video sermon: Persuade men now

A friend of mine sent me this sermon he preached last Sunday. Ron comes to Brazil occasionally with his job and preaches and teaches for us here in the Vale. Enjoy!


#evangelism, #sermons, #video

Video: How great Thou art

This has a bit of humming in the beginning, if that bothers you, but otherwise a very nice arrangement, sung by one fellow.

#hymns, #video

Remembering Memorial Day

How can you forget a day of remembering? It happens a lot easier than what some may think…and there are some strong spiritual applications in that point, but regardless, this morning I’m particularly thinking of the American holiday that goes by the name “Memorial Day.” It’s the day when a large part of America goes on a camping trip or cooks out on the grill or takes advantage of a sale; you know, the stuff you’re not supposed to forget to do on Memorial Day, right?

Now I’m probably going to eat some food that’s been cooked on the grill today, so I’m not saying that the things mentioned above are wrong per say (cause my, how hypocritical that would be of me!). The point of what I am saying is that America, at least the larger part, has forgotten what we’re supposed to remember. Today I’m going to look at the American flag with different eyes. For a moment I’m going to try to see the men and women who no longer have the chance to see the flag fly because of their service. I’m going to try to remember that many of America’s blessings have come through the curses that they bore. Is this too much to ask on a day that I get off from work?

The ole’ Huff Post is a news website that I read from time to time. I don’t necessarily read it because it’s a good site, I mostly read it because of the unique stories that you can find there; but today I must give them their credit for a story worth watching. I encourage everyone to watch this recorded interview, but I caution you that the video shows the cost of war. It’s not full of blood of guts – for then it would be a Hollywood movie. Instead it shows the pain and horror that POW’s must endure. The video itself revolves around the story of one solider in particular, named Joe Delmar (I guess that’s the correct spelling – Huff Post has it spelled two different ways), who was dubbed “The Human Skeleton.” The man survived, so in many ways his cause is meant to reflect upon those who didn’t survive, but regardless, if you watch this video and you see what he lived through, I promise you’ll look differently at your hamburger today.

#appreciation, #culture, #history, #holidays, #interviews, #memorial-day, #national, #news, #prisoner-of-war, #the-human-skeleton, #video